Looking for inspiration this holiday season, check out www.VisitOakland.com/SpendStayLove for merchant district directories, online shopping options, festive events, information on restaurants and more.
Stumped on gift ideas? Give a surprise mix of gift cards for local, independent businesses in Temescal, KONO and Jack London with a Keep It Oakland gift card.
Take a break from shopping and enjoy Festive Virtual Community Events Celebrate the Season.
Whether you’re just starting or nearly done, purchase your holiday gifts locally to support the independent businesses that make Oakland a special place to live and shop. Local businesses create a shopping experience unique to Oakland and capture the spirit and reflect the diversity of our community. You will enjoy a more relaxed and inspired shopping experience while bolstering Oakland’s economy.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, more Oakland retailers are offering online shopping with delivery or curbside pickup options. And local event organizers have found creative ways to hold festive online events and marketplaces. This means, Oaklanders have many options on where to spend their dollars locally, whether in-person or online.
By choosing to shop at local businesses—whether online or in-person, you will enjoy a more distinctive experience and help support Oakland businesses.
Many Oakland merchants have been severely impacted by state and county shelter-in-place orders. To help preserve the small, independent businesses that contribute to Oakland’s unique character, please remember to support local merchants when possible.
Shopping locally also helps provide jobs for your neighbors and generates sales tax revenue for the City. Consider the many social and economic benefits of shopping local as you complete your holiday gift purchases.
Imagine the joy when a child receives a special, unexpected present. The Community Toy Drive makes the holidays joyful for Oakland children whose families can’t afford gifts. Please consider making a donation to brighten a child's holiday.